With the advancement of the internet and social media and such, we can often get so flooded with so many authors and speakers and books and blogs and podcasts that it seems overwhelming and we don't even know who to trust or listen to or where to start.
One female author and speaker that I've discovered recently and absolutely loved is Shauna Niequist. Over the past year I've read four of her books and would read more if there were more. I love her down to earth conversational style of writing. Her style may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I find it refreshing.
I feel like she is the kind of author who more so shares stories and points you in the direction of the principles she wants you to pick up from them. Most of her stories and books revolve around family, friends, and food. One of the biggest themes running through her books is community. And typically community that develops and hones around a good meal. As I've read I've found that I feel warm and fuzzy. I find that I want to cook and fill my home with friends who savor the food and the conversations. Her writing makes me want to spend the weekend on the lake and drink in the surroundings and breathe a little deeper in life in general. It makes me want to slow down and indulge in the deeper parts of life.
If you're looking for a book to pick up, my first recommendation from her would be "Present Over Perfect." I think the idea of perfection, especially in such a fast paced culture, is one that we as women truly struggle with. "Present Over Perfect" challenges those thoughts and patterns and encourages you to find the balance and live life the most where it should be. Give it a read and let me know what you think! Maybe we could hang out and talk about it over a lovely meal or warm cup of coffee!